§ 22. Mr. G. M. Thomson
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received regarding the draft Teachers (Training Authorities) (Scotland) Regulations, 1958; what steps he is taking to meet these representations; and when he expects to lay the regulations before Parliament.
§ Mr. N. Macpherson
With permission, I shall circulate a list of the bodies and organisations from whom my right hon. Friend has received representations. In general the Regulations have been well received although particular provisions which have commended themselves to some have been criticised by others. Those bodies which asked to be heard have been interviewed either by the Minister of State, or by myself or by officials. All the representations are being carefully considered. My right hon. Friend hopes to lay the Regulations before the end of August.
§ Mr. Thomson
Is the Joint Under-Secretary aware that there has been a good deal of anxiety about the implications of some of the proposals in these draft Regulations and particularly about the fact that while they arise from a report of the Advisory Council, they carry out few of the Council's recommendations? Will he give some consideration to that aspect before coming to a final conclusion?
§ The following is the list:
- The Association of County Councils and the County Councils of Midlothian, Aberdeenshire, Argyll, East Lothian, Inverness, Peebles and Perth and Kinross.
- The four Counties of Cities.
- The training authorities.
- The Educational Institute of Scotland and four other associations of teachers.
- The universities.
- The Church of Scotland.
- The Roman Catholic Church.
- Some of the central institutions.
- The Association of Directors of Education.
- Several individuals and groups of individuals.